Football Players Earn All-East Honors - McKillop Is ECAC Player Of The Year
December 14, 2009
Six Middlebury College football players have earned All-East Region honors from D3football.com. Junior quarterback Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) and junior tight end David Reed (New Canaan, Conn.) earned second team honors, while seniors James Millard (Greenwich, Conn.) Eric Kamback (Mahwah, N.J.) Dan Haluska (Wellesley, Mass.) and Stuart Lindberg (Perkasie, Pa.) earned third-team honors. McKillop also earned ECAC-New England Player of the Year Honors. The group helped lead the Panthers to a 5-3 mark this season, winning their last four games of '09.
McKillop earns a spot on the second-team after being named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year. The junior quarterback had a record-breaking season, ending the year with Middlebury and NESCAC single-season records for completions (262), attempts (405), yards (2873), touchdown passes (22), and total offense (2967 yards). He also holds all 10 Middlebury single-season and career passing records as a junior. McKillop is currently ranked first in the nation in completions/game with 32.75, while ranking second with 359.1 passing yards/contest. He ended the season as the league's top rated quarterback, owning a 136.8 efficiency rating. The junior was second on the team with 94 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns on the ground. He also holds Middlebury single-game records for completions (47), attempts (74) and yards (438).
Joining McKillop on the second-team was Reed, who had a break-out season at tight end, starting all eight games and earning second-team All-NESCAC honors. He finished the season second on the team with 40 catches for 450 yards, earning a touchdown. The junior had some big games this season, including an 11-catch, 105-yard performance in Middlebury's win over Trinity. He also had a 100-yard game earlier in the year with nine catches at Amherst.
Millard, a third-team choice, made his first appearance on the NESCAC squad as a receiver and his third-straight first-team appearance as a return specialist. He completed his senior season with 3,333 yards of total offense in his career. He is a two-time ('07 & '08) All-NESCAC selection as a specialist, ranking third in the league with 149.1 yards of total offense/game. The senior became a key receiver this season for the Panthers, setting a new school record with 64 receptions to place him second in the NESCAC with 8.0/game. His 748 yards receiving were also second in the league, while he caught three touchdown passes. Millard earned over 100 yards in five games this season, including 148 yards on 13 catches in a win over Hamilton.
Kamback made the third-team after earning second-team NESCAC honors for the second straight season. After finishing second in the league in tackles a year ago, Kamback took over the top spot this season with 12.9 tackles/game. He earned 43 solo and 63 assisted tackles this season, to go along with four tackles for lost yardage. Kamback also recorded a sack and four pass break-ups, while recording a fumble caused. Kamback tied the school record twice this season with mammoth 20-tackle performances against Williams and Tufts. His 103 tackles this season were third-most in Middlebury single-season history, as he ends his career with 227 tackles to finish fourth on the school's all-time list.
Haluska was a second-team All-NESCAC choice, earning a spot on the All-East third-team. The safety finished the season tied for the league-lead with .62 interceptions/game, finishing the year with five picks, second-most in a season at Middlebury. He tied the school-record a year ago with three picks in a game and ends his career with eight interceptions to finish tied for fourth on the school's all-time list. Haluska earned 41 total tackles this season, including five for lost yardage and four break-ups. He ends his career with 101 total tackles and 14 pass break-ups.
Lindberg represents Middlebury's offensive line as a third-team honoree after earning second-team All-NESCAC honors. He helped to protect McKillop, allowing the Panthers to boast the nation's third most effective passing game at 373 yards/game. The team ranked fourth in the league with just 2.0 sacks allowed/game, while leading the league with 450.5 yards of total offense/contest.